Titans running back Chris Johnson is averaging 1.36 yards per carry this season. As Florio alluded to last week, the Titans are going to have a decision to make on Johnson’s Nashville future after the season if he doesn’t pick it up.
But Johnson’s position coach, Titans running backs coach Jim Skipper, is staying optimistic about his talented if underachieving prized pupil. Skipper believes the Titans can ride out Johnson’s struggles.
“Well, it’s like a baseball batter trying to hit a homerun,” Skipper told Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. “All of the sudden, the batter hasn’t hit a homerun in 25 at-bats and now everybody’s counting how many at-bats he’s gone since he hit a homer. That type of thing. What you gotta do is just relax and eventually, things will start happening.
“All you gotta do is be yourself and good things will happen and stay positive.”
We’ll see about that. On Sunday, the Titans square off with a Texans defense that ranks fifth against the run and has yet to surrender a rushing touchdown through three games.
The Titans play the run-tough defenses of Minnesota and Pittsburgh the following two weeks.